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Genres: Drama , Mystery , Romance
Actors: Nicole Kidman , Cameron Bright , Danny Huston , Lauren Bacall , Alison Elliott , Arliss Howard , Michael Desautels , Anne Heche , Peter Stormare , Ted Levine , Cara Seymour , Joe M. Chalmers , Novella Nelson , Zoe Caldwell , Charles Goff
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Country: United States, Germany
Year: 2004
IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 (21823 votes)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can’t get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancée, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life.

Film Review

"Sorrow makes us all children again." – Ralph Emerson Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" stars Nicole Kidman as Anna, a woman whose husband died ten years earlier. Though still mourning her husband's passing, Anna begins a relationship with Joseph, whom she somewhat reluctantly plans to marry. Things get complicated, however, when a ten year old boy enters Anna's life. She doesn't know him, but the boy claims to be her long dead husband. Much creepiness, confusion and mystery then ensues.The film was written by Jean-Claude Carriere, who worked on a number of Luis Bunuel's scripts ("Belle de Jour", "The Milky Way", "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", "The Phantom of Liberty", "That Obscure Object of Desire"). Like most of those films, "Birth" eventually becomes a meditative inquiry, the ten year old boy becoming a manifestation of Anna's grief and pre-marital anxieties. He is a wei…

Great idea, great cast.Right, that's got the praise out of the way.My wife and I don't always agree about films, but we did about this one. We both ended up shouting at the television, "Get on with it!" This slight story was dragged out excessively. There were numerous places where a particular shot made its point and was then held, and held, and held. Oh, and then held some more. And, in the case of the shot of Kidman's face (looking slightly constipated) at the theatre, held some more. And then some more. And a bit more after that. And then for a little while longer.If young Sean truly had an air of the original Sean about him then, dear heavens, why on earth was Anna so besotted with his memory? What a po-faced humourless little pain he was (which is not to say that Cameron Bright's performance wasn't any good – on the contrary, I believe that he was intended to convey to us that he was a po-faced, humourless little pain, and he did that very well).A b…

I watched Birth for the second time the other night. There are movies I've loved the first time, then thought on the second time around, hmmm, maybe not as good as I first thought – State of Grace, Fight Club, for instance. There are movies I hated the first time, and hated just as much the second – Lost in Translation and In the Cut come to mind. There are movies that I hated at first, but later came to think were quite good, e.g. Sin City. And there are movies that were magnificent the first time, and even more magnificent the second. Birth is one of these.This movie, more than any other, reveals the lack of credibility attaching to the Academy Awards. There are always injustices, whereby the most deserving walk away without the prize. In the acting category alone, I can think of Gary Oldman in State of Grace, Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth, Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind, Naomi Watts for 21 Grams (hmmm, a lot of Aussies and Kiwis in there – I wonder if there's a message i…

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